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“That horse has more heart than any horse I’ve ever been around in my life.” — Blake Pattillo • Photo by Dawn Baxstrom

Jonesin’ for a Title: High Stylin CD Crowned 2018 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year

It was July of 2017, and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular was in full swing. Blake Patillo, of St. Elmo, Illinois, and his wife, Lori, were taking a final look at a High Brow CD gelding named High Stylin CD before they sealed the deal. They’d done their research, and the Sunrise […]
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Fire & Ice: Cool N Hot Claims Open Horse of The Year

The headlines from the major National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)-sanctioned shows across the country contained a myriad of the hottest competitors, but in the Open division, the names of Cool N Hot and Hashtags became synonymous with success. As the NCHA tallied points throughout the season after each stallion marked high score after high score, […]
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Cornbread Thinks: Keep the Money, Just Send Me to the Herd

There was a man showing at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity by the grace of God. He insisted I include that in his story. After hearing it — and only part of it — I must agree. Showing in the Amateur, we noticed him because of his chaps first. They were black bat wings […]
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Insights & Opinions: Futurity Magic

As I write this, I’m sitting at the Quarter Horse News (QHN) booth in Fort Worth, Texas, during a cattle change for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open semifinals. The buzz in the Best of the West trade show seems livelier tonight than it has been in years. I see smiling faces — […]
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In the Spotlight: Start ’em Young

At 5 months old, Aidan Marshall was plenty old enough to start picking out horses at Western Bloodstock’s NCHA Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale on July 21. He had his eyes on Dualin Metallic, a red roan yearling colt by Dual Smart Rey and out of Metallic Little Cat (by Metallic Cat) that sold for $12,000.

Cornbread Thinks: Ice Water

I’m writing this on June 27, and I happened to recall this is the day in 1922 that the American Library Association awarded the first Newbery Medal for the year’s best children’s book: “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

A Pistol for Callie

A Little Bossy retired from the show pen in 2016 with $405,985 in earnings after carrying R.L. Chartier to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship. His last moment in the limelight was his induction into the NCHA Hall of Fame, and then he went to live with owners Gary and Karen Fields, who […]

Cornbread Thinks: Vicissitudes

You are reading close to July 1 while I type close to June 1 about what happened in May. So, sometimes I just make stuff up. You should try and catch me by doing some of your own thinking and research. If I can get you to not trust me, then I am succeeding.

Cornbread Thinks: This & That

I was up till midnight on Easter, loading out from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. I did some after the finals Saturday, then I was back before daylight. I had a private sunrise service, and the sermon was excellent. Then it came to pass that Buttermilk picked me up at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC), took me to her people’s for Easter supper and brought me back to Will Rogers. It was good.

Cornbread Thinks: Eyes, Use ‘Em

It is the second day of the 4-Year-Old Open in the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes. I’m sitting in the top row of Section H, one-third the distance from the judges’ stands to the back fence. “Flynnie” (Sean Flynn) is settling the cattle. Five assorted riders are holding them up, two riders on deck and the cow boxes are full.